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No fighting boys :) all the love

i hope its not just me who has a sudden hard core crush on the new guy daniel talia :)(L) , but taylor walkers better:)
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DT v TW?

DT v KT?
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The new Boys (L)

Recruiting manager Matt Rendell talks about the club’s selections in the 2010 NAB AFL Rookie Draft

Draft summary
“We had Luke Thompson rated pretty high up in the national draft, so we were happy to get him. I know he’s another versatile, key-position player and we’ve loaded up on them this year but he was just too good a player to pass up.

“We knew enough about Matthew Wright and Matthew Jaensch to pick them and I didn’t think anyone else was going to take them anyway. They were the two blokes we’d been targeting from the South Australian system over the last couple of weeks.

“They’re two of the better midfielders in the SANFL and they’ve missed out on being drafted over the last year or two for various reasons. They’ve both had a couple of good years playing in a really tough competition.”

Player comments
Selection No.17: Luke Thompson
DOB: 8/02/91, Height: 192cm, Weight: 85kg
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons/Timboon (VIC)
“Luke’s a fantastic kid. His psychological testing was as good as we’ve seen and he’ll fit in really easily. He played two years in the TAC Cup and during that time he played wing, forward and also down back. He represented Vic Country in the U18 Championships and had a fantastic contest with Western Australian Jack Darling, who is going to go in the first couple of picks next year. Luke had a shoulder operation after the championships, so he’s going to be a slow starter but his physical testing earlier in the season was outstanding.”

Selection No.33: Matthew Wright
DOB: 14/12/89, Height: 179cm, Weight: 81kg
Recruited from: North Adelaide (SA)
“Matty’s not without issues injury-wise in terms of his knee. He did his posterior cruciate ligament late in the season, but we did our homework on that. Matty had the same procedure Brad Moran had on his knee and both his surgeon and our doctor gave it the all clear. He also had a horrific head injury a few years back and the timing of it all wouldn’t have helped his case to be drafted as an 18-year-old.”

Selection No.46: Matthew Jaensch
DOB: 18/09/89, Height: 181cm, Weight: 80kg
Recruited from: Sturt (SA)
“Matt’s a midfielder but he can sneak a goal or two, which is good. He’s a beautiful kick; a good decision maker and he had a great finish to the year in the finals for Sturt. We picked all talls in the draft last year and more talls again this year, so we’re happy to get a couple of quality midfielders into the club.”

Selection No.58: Aiden Riley (NSW Scholarship player)
DOB: 13/12/91, Height: 181cm, Weight: TBA
Recruited from: Wollongong Lions (NSW)
“We saw Aiden play a bit earlier in the year. He had some injury problems, but he played enough to impress us. He played for NSW in the U18 Championships and played quite well. We brought him over to play a game in the Sturt reserves and after a slow start he was pretty good in the last three quarters. He’s a tough nut and puts his head over the ball. He’s doing pretty well. It’s been tough for him, but he’s fitted in okay.”

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Get To know

James Sellar
Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
I have a couple of silly ones. I don’t like having my bag zipped up when I walk from the car to the change-rooms. My dad never used to zip up his bag on the way to volleyball, so I picked that up from him. Also, when we’re running out onto the ground I’ll always pick up a bit of grass, rub it in my hands and throw it to one side.

What’s your favourite TV show?
Two and a Half Men.

What was the last book you read?
An Ogmandino book called The Seven Scrolls. It’s a self-development type book about omens, getting the best out of yourself and positive thinking. It was pretty interesting.

Do you have any bad habits?
I probably don’t wash my clothes as often as I should and my car is a bit messy. I better not tell you too many because everyone will think I’m a grub.

What kind of student were you at school?
I was actually pretty good, surprisingly.

Who spends the most time getting ready at the club?
I spend a bit of time with Chris Knights and he’s usually pretty slow. But if you’re ever going out to dinner – or anywhere really – with Brad Moran, give yourself a good hour-and-a-half because there are hair straighteners, gel, wax, hairspray and maybe even some fake tan involved. It can really be an amazing thing to watch.

What’s your favourite pastime away from footy?
I’ve recently started learning to play the guitar. Nick Gill is teaching me. I’ve borrowed his guitar and he’s given me a few tips along the way. I’m still very average, but it’s a bit of fun. There are a few musos or wannabe musos here. Tony Armstrong thinks he goes alright on the drums and he’s a bit of a beat-boxer too he reckons.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?
My G8 t-shirt from high school. There were a group of us at high school and we called ourselves ‘The G8’. We made up some t-shirts, some hats and I even found a pair of G8 jocks the other day, too. We all had our own little items of clothing, so they’re definitely my favourites.

What’s your earliest football memory?
In one of my very first games in year three I remember rocking up with Dad and we must have been late. I can’t remember all of it, but I remember the team already being out on the ground and I just dropped my bag and ran straight out there. The game started a few minutes later, so it wasn’t a great start to my career.

What’s your middle name?
Michael.

Which team did you support before being drafted by the Crows?
I actually followed the Crows so I was very lucky to be drafted here.

Who is your best mate at the club?
It’s a tough one because there are a lot of good guys here. I like spending time with Chris Knights, Bernie Vince and Nathan Bock. There are a few I get along really well with and it’s a good spot to be.

What was your first job?
I had a paper round. My brother and I would ride our bikes around or throw them out the back of Dad’s ute. We didn’t do a very good job. I used to go to school while my nanna folded them for us and it would only take us 15 minutes to do the round with my brother and I throwing them out each side of the ute. We got a lot of help but it was still a job.

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get to know the new guy… Ricky henderson!

Ricky Henderson!

Ricky Henderson!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
I wear a piece of tape over a toe on my left foot. It doesn’t do anything, but I have to have it there.

What’s your favourite TV show?
I don’t mind a bit of ‘Two-and-a-Half Men’, but it would have to be ‘Family Guy’.

What was the last book that you read?
Not applicable… pass.

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a lot of little ones, like ankles and wrists from basketball, but I had a bit of a hip problem soon after I came here and that was probably the worst one.

Do you have any bad habits?
I have heaps of bad habits. Not cleaning my room is probably the worst one.

What’s the ringtone on your mobile phone?
I’ve got an iPhone, so it’s stock standard.

Which of your teammates takes the longest to get ready?
Bobby [Brad] Moran or Aaron Kite. They’re both pretty metro sexual.

What kind of student were you at school?
A+. No, I was a stinker.

What’s your favourite past-time outside of footy?
Sleeping.

Can you tell us a bit about your family?
I’ve got an older brother who works in manufacturing and my mum works in retail back home in Victoria. They’ve been the two most influential people in my life. It was always just us three growing up. My brother loves the nightlife over here and mum likes the shopping, so I think they use me as an excuse to come over here.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
Trackies.

What is your earliest football memory?
I was playing back in Ballarat and we had to pull the covers off the ground. Our hands were freezing, so they brought out buckets of boiling hot water for us to put them in so we could keep playing. Occasionally, we had to stop games because it was snowing, it was good fun.

What is your middle name?
John.

Which team did you support before coming to the Crows?
Geelong. I was a Cats man through and through

Who is your best mate at the club?
Will Young or Phil Davis. I have Ballarat in common with Will, so that’s helped.

What would you do if you were made Prime Minister for a day?
I’d make AFL players get paid a lot more… especially the rookies!

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Get to know . Tony Armstrong!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
No, not really. I just hope that I’ve remembered to bring everything.

What’s your first football memory?
I was eight years old and it was only my second or third game of footy. I remember no-one kicking it to me, so I cracked the sads and walked off. It was a crap game.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far?
Before I got drafted the biggest influences on my career were probably Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin because I barracked for Sydney. Brian Taylor, who is my best mate’s dad, was really good to me too. Off the field, it was my mother. She’s just been great and has tried to instil me with good values.

What would you be doing if you weren’t on an AFL list?
I’d be bumming around at university and trying to knock out a few music records. I’d like to think I’m a bit of a muso, but I’m probably not that flash. I play the drums. There’s no way I’d sing because I’ve got the worst voice ever.

What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt since arriving at West Lakes?
Probably just the fact that I’m fully self-supporting at age 18. I’m paying my own rent and bills. Everything I have is through my own doing. All my mates at home are living at home or getting care packages, but I’m pretty independent. Before I was drafted I was living in a dorm where everything was right there for me, but now I have to go out and do it all myself.

What’s your favourite TV show?
‘The Mighty Boosh’ or ‘The IT Crowd’. They’re BBC shows – I like my English comedies.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?
I’ve got a leather jacket with a hood that I love. All the boys get into me about it, but I’m a fan.

What was your first job?
AFL footballer.

What’s your favourite sport outside footy?
Surfing. I’m not any good, but I like it.

Who is your best mate at the club?
Any of the young fellas. Pup [Jared Petrenko], Jarrhan [Jacky], Stiffy [Graham Johncock], Griffo [Jon Griffin], Bunji [Andrew McLeod], my housemate Dougy [Richard Douglas] and Porps [Jason Porplyzia].

Videos of tony eating DEATH burger at www.nova919.com.au !

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